Satanists Unveil Design for Oklahoma Statehouse Statue

(Image Credit: KFOR via CNN.com)

(Image Credit: KFOR via CNN.com)

(CNN) – Satanists have unveiled a proposed design for a statue at the Oklahoma state Capitol, including a place for people to sit on the devil’s lap “for inspiration and contemplation.”

The New York-based Satanic Temple submitted its proposal to Oklahoma officials this month after applying for a spot on capitol grounds late last year. The Satanists say their statue would “complement and contrast” with a Ten Commandments monument placed at the Capitol in Oklahoma City in 2012.

The Satanists’ proposed monument depicts Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol sitting on a 7-foot-tall throne inscribed with a pentagram. In an artist’s rendering provided by the Satanic Temple, smiling children look adoringly at the devilish figure.

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Satanic Temple, said in a statement. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

According to its Indiegogo page, the Satanists have raised more than $16,000 toward their goal of $20,000 for the monument, which Greaves said would “be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority and the unjustly outcast.”

The Temple of Satan is less a religious body organized around rituals and regular meetings than a roving band of political provocateurs, according to Greaves. They believe Satan is a “literary construct,” the spokesman said, not an actual being with horns and hooves.

The proposed statue includes quotations from poets Lord Byron and William Blake.

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion” runs the Blake quotation. The 18th-century poet was a Christian, albeit one with a mystical bent and little use for traditional morality.

In addition to its spiritual statement, the proposed monument could also be a tourist attraction, Greaves said.

Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, told CNN that he doesn’t think the satanists’ statue will be approved.

“What will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it’s that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,” Wesselhoft said.

Trait Thompson, chair of Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Committee, said he has not received the satanists’ proposed design yet and at that all applications not be considered until a lawsuit over the 10 Commandments monument is settled.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued over the Ten Commandments monument, calling it an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

After news broke of the satanists’ proposal, the state was flooded with requests from religious groups seeking to erect monuments to their own faith, including Hindus and Pastafarians, a satirical religion that “worships” the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In December, state lawmakers told CNN that the satanists’ message wouldn’t fly in their Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population are Christian.

“I believe that only monuments that reflect Oklahoma values should be allowed on the capitol grounds,” state Rep. Bob Cleveland told CNN in  December.

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34 comments

    • James

      the best response to fairness would be not to tread upon the concept of church and state separation. If the Ten Commandments statue violates this concept, then rather than putting statues of all religions perhaps this one should be removed. I for one would have a greater problem with the erection of a stature to Satan than the removal of the ten commandment statute.

    • Bob

      So is Christianity… And Islam and Buddhism and many other religions.
      And don’t forget Scientology! All Praise Xenu!

  • Tyko Mäkitammi

    Ha ha, awesome. Hail Satan. Remember kids, next time you’re trying to put up a Ten Commandments monument on public property, you’re opening the door to monuments to Satan, FSM, Thor, Allah, et al. and you will have no argument to stop them (gov shall make no law respecting an est. of religion and all).

  • MARLON RICH FROM THE STATE OF ALABAMA WHO KNOWS GOD AND GOD MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY

    EXODUS 20:1-5
    1) AND GOD SPAKE ALL THESE WORDS, SAYING,
    2) I AM THE LORD THY GOD, WHICH HAVE BROUGHT THEE OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, OUT OF THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE.
    3)THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER gods BEFORE ME.
    4) THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH.
    5) THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM: FOR I THE LORD THY GOD AM A JEALOUS GOD, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME;
    6) AND SHEWING MERCY UNTO THOUSANDS OF THEM THAT LOVE ME, AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.

    JESUS TOLD THE DEVIL IN MATTHEW 4:10 “GET THEE HENCE, SATAN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.
    NOTICE VERSE 11) THEN the devil LEAVETH HIM(JESUS) AND, BEHOLD, ANGELS CAME AND MINISTERED UNTO HIM.

    ELIJAH THE PROPHET OF GOD SAID, HOW LONG HALT YE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS, IF THE LORD BE GOD THEN FOLLOW HIM, BUT IF baal, then follow him. AND THE PEOPLE ANSWERED HIM NOT A WORD. I KINGS 18:21

    IF OUR NATION DOES NOT STAND UP FOR GOD, THEN STAND UP FOR GOD AS PART OF THIS NATION AND THE LORD GOD WILL USE YOU FOR HIS HONOUR AND GLORY AND GOD WILL MAKE THE CHANGE NEEDED IN OUR NATION. the devil IS ALREADY DEFEATED BY GOD AND the devil KNOWS THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE LONG LEFT ON THE EARTH AND is getting as many as he can to follow him!

    THE REVELATION 14:9-10, “AND THE THIRD ANGEL FOLLOWED THEM, SAYING WITH A LOUD VOICE, IF ANY MAN WORSHIP the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, THE SAME SHALL DRINK OF THE WINE OF THE WRATH OF GOD, WHICH IS POURED OUT WITHOUT MIXTURE INTO THE CUP OF HIS INDIGNATION; AND HE SHALL BE TORMENTED WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY ANGELS, AND IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LAMB.”

    this thing, they want erected with children coming to it IS THE COUNTERFEIT WORK OF the devil! THE PEOPLE CRY MY rights are protected and my rights will be seen and heard, but GOD SAID, IN PSALMS 33:10, “THE LORD BRINGETH THE COUNSEL OF THE HEATHEN TO NOUGHT: HE MAKETH THE DEVICES OF THE PEOPLE OF NONE EFFECT.”

    PSALMS 33:12, “BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD; AND THE PEOPLE WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN INHERITANCE.”

    HEAVEN IS GOD’S THRONE AND THE EARTH IS GOD’S FOOTSTOOL. THE STONE MADE WITHOUT HANDS SMOTE image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, AND BRAKE THEM TO PIECES–DANIEL 2:34.

  • J

    For those of you that missed the point:

    The Ten Commandments statue goes against the federal laws regarding the separation of church and state. One religion should not be endorsed. For them to be fair, all religions should be able to erect statues as well. Pastafarians, satanists, Muslims, and whoever else.

    • Lindsay

      The separation of church and state was to keep government out of the church, not the church out of the government! Educate yourselves before you come off half cocked!

      • J

        Educate yourself on the definition of “separation.” Having religious monuments at a state building is not separating the two.

        However, you should have no problem with the satanist statue, since it’s merely religion in government. The government refusing the statue would be government impeding religion, right?

  • preacher

    Psalms 50:22, “Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.” The fires of Hell are NEVER quenched! Turn Or Burn!! Amen…

  • preacher

    Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

  • preacher

    Isaiah 5:14, “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”

    HELL IS FOREVER!!!

    PLEASE DON’T GO TO HELL!!!

  • preacher

    BELIEVE THE GOSPEL TO BE SAVED…

    Perhaps you are offended that I am trying to scare people into getting saved. My friend, you have every reason to be scared if you have never been saved. Hebrews 10:31 warns that “it is a frightening thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” God will cast you into the Lake of Fire forever.

    It is as simple as this. You are a sinner. You can either go to Hell for all eternity to pay for your own sins; or you can receive Christ’s payment which He made for you.

    The Gospel according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 is that Jesus Christ DIED, was BURIED and RESURRECTED after three days. If you receive the Gospel as payment for YOUR SINS, then you are saved eternally and securely!!!

    Salvation is by grace through faith PLUS NOTHING!!!

  • Harold Letson

    People need to get past revisionist history to realize that the United States was founded upon Christian principles to be a Christian nation. Just read the historical documents written by the Founding Fathers and you can see for yourself that the “invisible wall theory” is a much later addition. The “idea or interpretation” of this invisible wall that separates “church and state” was just that,.an interpretation given by the Supreme Court years later. Since the Supreme Court bases its argument on the concept that the US Constitution means what it (the Supreme Court) says it means then the US Constitution is not a standard anymore since its meaning can change as often as the Supreme Court changes.

    • J

      It’s a country founded on religious freedom. I think we can all agree on that, and also agree that the only way to interpret “religious freedom” is to allow all people to practice any religion they choose, as long as it doesn’t inhibit the liberty of others.

      Meaning, if Christians have a right to erect a statue of the Ten Commandments — other religions have equal right to erect a statue of their choosing.

  • CBC

    Jesus cast the hypocrites out of his own temple. He never touched another religion’s temple, statues, artifacts or anything else. Worry abot the gluttony, lust, fornication, greed etc in your own “temple” before looking at what others do.

  • Mamie

    My neighbor didn,t believe in God either until the night he knew he was dying and he called on the Lord at that time. I hope God heard him I hope it wasn’t Satan. God is real believe in him for eternal Life

  • Mamie

    there is no such thing as religion. It is being born again of the water and Spirit. Jesus does this. Satan is out to destroy this world. Do not worship Satan . He is a lie and the truth is not in him. God is Love.

  • Branko Pezdi

    Are we sure this statue wasn’t proposed by Alabama Crimson Tide fans after their shellacking by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl? LOL!

  • Sue

    With all the terrible things going on in the world the last thing we need is a statue to acknowledge Satan as if he is special and welcome! He is real and lives among us. However he is neither special or welcome. He is EVIL and should not be taken lightly. Destroying lives is all that he is interested in and destroying anything that is good. Not acknowledging GOD and the Ten Commandments and pushing GOD and JESUS away makes it much easier for satan to do his work. I say DO NOT put up any statues honoring this EVIL THING!!!

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